The Ultimate Cooking Playlist

A cooking playlist is as essential to the recipe as salt and pepper, or apparently, miso. Damn that missing miso! I’m such a movie person that generally I have a movie on in the background as I cook. These days, though, music has made a comeback to my life. Music moves the soul and soothes the dancing beast that lives within, and therefore I have created my essential and ultimate cooking playlist.

Vampire Weekend

Fun fun fun music. I never knew how much I loved this band until I got Spotify and the rest is history. Side note: get Spotify. It’s awesome. Vampire Weekend will have you shimmying while you whisk. Peep “Diane Young”, “Obvious Bicycle”, “A-Punk”, “Horchata” and “Ya Hey”.

Santigold

I will forever love “Disparate Youth” and “L.E.S. Artistes” for how amazing they are. Santigold will help you bake your cookies whilst you jam
to her tunes.

Thirty Seconds to Mars

Jared Leto. Beard. Long Hair. Vegan. I’m sorry, what was the question?

Haim

Three sisters totally rocking 80s pop in 2014 like it ain’t no thang. I really love them more than I should. But don’t think of Corey Haim when you hear the band name, because it’s pronounced like “Hyme” which threw me for a crazy loop. Check out “Honey and I”, “Falling”, “The Wire”, “If I Could Change Your Mind”, “Don’t Save Me” and “Go Slow”.

Washed Out

Such a fun vibe to this band. You’ll get mellow with them as you chop your potatoes and wash the carrots. Look up “Feel It All Around”, “New Theory”, and “It All Feels Right”.

CHVRCHES

I love this freaking band. In fact, they have their own playlist on my Spotify. Get ready to love them, too. The lead singer’s voice is so crystal clear that it will help you clear off the table before you set the plates. You must hear “Night Sky”, “Recover”, “Mother We Share”, “Gun”, and “We Sink”.

The Shins

I often thank Zack Braff for many things, not least of which is for introducing me to this band. The Shins will have you bobbing your head along to the beat of your mixer as you blend your cashews into a fine dust. “Caring is Creepy” and “New Slang” will forever me on my Cooking Playlist mixed tape.

Polica

Let’s take it down a notch, because you need concentration to pour your mac-n-cheese into the casserole dish for baking. Let “Chain My Name”, “Dark Star”, “Amongster”, and “Lay Your Cards Out” smooth your mac-n-cheese.

Rhye

This band will also help you calm your shiz down before your guests arrive. Sip a martini while you’re at it. Check out “Open”, “Last Dance”, and “3 Days”. Added bonus: this band makes for good baby-making music!

Counting Crows

An oldie, but a goodie. One of my favorite bands of all time. I love “St. Robinson in his Cadillac Dreams”, “Miami”, “Angels of the Silences”, “Hanginaround”, “Hard Candy”, “Monkey”, “Catapult”, “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby”, “American Girls”, “Richard Manuel is Dead”, “Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood”. Be careful, some songs could easily force you into letting the cake burn as you sob in a corner.

Spoon

I found my love for Spoon from the movie “Stranger Than Fiction” (which is excellent, btw). They have a new album out that has received rave reviews, but I am loving the old standbys: “I Turn my Camera On”, “My Mathematical Mind”, “The Way We Get By” and “Vittorio E.”.

Better Than Ezra

I have a newfound love for this band, mainly because I saw them live about two months ago and saw the lead singer’s solo act this past Saturday. They rock, they’re hilarious, and they’re gracious. Peep “Porcelain”, “Extra Ordinary”, “Cry in the Sun”, “Good”, and “In the Blood”.

Now let’s take it back. Let’s get the hell out of 2014 and into a world of my own creation, where this music does and will always reign supreme.

Otis Redding

My all-time favorite singer. He brings me to my knees. He rocks my gypsy soul. You will love him, too. “Try a Little Tenderness”, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”, “These Arms of Mine”, “Shake”, “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember”, “These Arms of Mine”, “Change Gonna Come”, and “That’s How Strong My Love Is”.

Aretha Franklin

The Queen is the Queen of Soul for a reason. She’ll help you clear the dishes after your guests have licked their plates. Try “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, “Dr. Feelgood”, “Chain of Fools”, “Respect”, and “I’ve Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”.

Nina Simone

Ugh. Too much awesome. Please listen to “Feeling Good”, “My Baby Just Cares for Me”, “Here Comes the Sun”, “I want a Little Sugar in my Bowl”, and “Ain’t Got No – I Got Life”.

Al Green

Now we’re getting serious. Al Green will let you kick up your heels, refill that martini, and tell you that you deserve to put your phone on silent. Check out “Let’s Stay Together”, “Love and Happiness”, “Tired of Being Alone”, “I Can’t Get Next to You”, and “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)”.

Fleetwood Mac

My favorite band of all time. Don’t even try to light a candle next to the awesomeness that is Stevie Nicks. She breaks hearts all day long. Try and not hang your apron up for the night while listening to “Rhiannon”, “Everywhere”, “Landslide”, “Silver Springs”, “Second Hand News”, “Never Going Back Again”, “Songbird”, “You Make Loving Fun”, and “Gypsy”.

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